City of Detroit commemorates 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Commemoration events began on July 20 and will run through July 27, all events can be viewed on the CRIO Facebook page
  • Disability awareness poster design competition kicks-off to celebrate opening of the Office of Disability Affairs (ODA)
  • Supporters and participants are encouraged to use #DetroitADA30 when making social posts about the commemoration events

The Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity Department (CRIO) has planned a series of online events in commemoration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law 30 years ago on July 26 by President George H.W. Bush.

The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the public.

“The City of Detroit is committed to ensuring that people living with disabilities are empowered to thrive and succeed in our beloved city. We are focused on improving processes and implementing quality programs that are intentional in addressing the needs of the disability community,” said Charity Dean, Director of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity. “We are excited to have the opportunity to express how much we value making Detroit an inclusive place for everyone.”

The week long commemoration includes a community input survey about the upcoming launch of the Office of Disability Affairs (ODA), which will be housed in the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity department. The ODA will consistently work with City of Detroit departments to address challenges faced by the disabled within the City and to ensure their needs are considered when developing programs and initiatives.

The weeklong commemoration began on July 20, events will be streamed on CRIO’s Facebook via Live:

  • Thursday, July 23: Launch the Community Input Survey for the Office of Disability Affairs
  • Monday, July 27:  Disabled in the workforce – Local workforce experts will talk about the current workforce conditions as it relates to the disability community in Detroit.

Disability Awareness Poster Competition
A disability awareness poster competition is also being announced with the goal of raising awareness about the new department across the City of Detroit.

Competition details are as follows:

  1. Contest is open to all City of Detroit residents
  2. One submission per person
  3. Theme of the poster is disability awareness in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  4. Entry must be single sided
  5. No derogatory language or images will be accepted
  6. No copyrighted material or images can be used
  7. Entry in PDF Format Only and must be able to be printed as a 12’’x 18’’ poster
  8. Or a physical poster can be submitted on 12”x18” flat format (to be copied/duplicated)
  9. Any medium can be used a. Nothing can be glued, stapled, or attached to the artwork
  10. With the submitted posted must be your name and contact information. If it is a physical copy, your contact information must be legible on the back of your poster

All entries must be submitted or delivered by August 10, 2020 by 4:30pm. Please email submissions to [email protected]. Please contact [email protected] or call 313-224-3629 with questions. Late submissions will not be eligible.

For physical delivery drop-off please mail to:
2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1240
Detroit, MI 48226

Posters will be judged on message, originality, visual effectiveness, and universal appeal. The winner’s poster, selected by the Human Rights Commission, will be displayed in City of Detroit buildings and throughout buildings operated by the City of Detroit. Winners will be announced on Monday, August 31, 2020.


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